Stambolziev: I've got more to offer Sydney

After playing his first game of the season in the Sky Blues' 4-1 home win over the Central Coast last weekend Sydney FC’s speedy winger Robert Stambolziev is hoping for more A-League action.

Stambolziev has been at the Sky Blues for almost a year after signing with the harboursiders in last year’s January transfer window as an injury replacement player.

The 25-year-old went on to play nine games, mostly as a substitute, as Graham Arnold’s men pushed for title honours.

His performances earned him another season at Moore Park but with the additions of marquee man and winger Filip Holosko, as well as Olyroo Andrew Hoole, opportunities have been limited.

Nevertheless Stambolziev still harbours hopes of more game time.

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“It’s up to the coach,” he said.

“As a footballer you always want to be starting. At Sydney FC with Graham Arnold and the coaching staff if you are playing and doing the right things, like scoring goals and helping the team, I’m sure that there is every reason that you will be continuing to be in the team. And if you are in form then you will be playing.

“For me personally it’s just about doing my job, it’s what the coach wants, to be working hard and if, and when, I’m given the chance, to play.

“I am a winger so I will be looking to be creative, set up goals and score goals so that is what I’m pretty much looking forward to doing.”

Stambolziev says he arrived in Australia underdone last year but the former Panathinaikos signing said he is happy with his output and knows he has more to offer.

“I was in Greece and the team I was at went bust,” he said.

“I wasn’t training for two months so I came in to Sydney FC without a high fitness level. And I came into a team that was challenging for the title and that was really in form and I thought every time I got a chance I helped the team in whatever way I could.

“And I did enough I guess to get another year on my contract and I hope to show the fans a lot more this year.”

Stambolziev left Australia to sign for Bristol City when he was just a teenager and played more than seven seasons in England, Greece and Cyprus.

“I left as a 15-year-old kid,” he said. “Coming back I can see the A-League’s at a good level.

“It’s good that Australian football is on the rise with a lot of players coming back from Europe and attracting a lot of international players.

“It can only grow and that is great for Australian football domestically and internationally.”

Sydney travel to AAMI Park to take on Melbourne City on Saturday at 7.30 pm (AEDT)

Con Stamocostas is an Australian football writer. Click here to see more of his work and check out the latest episode of his A-League Snobcast with co-host Rob Toddler.